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PostSubject: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 3:21 pm

Apart form the memorial in the cemetery there is a solitary grave. Does anyone know whom this belongs to? And was he killed during the Battle at Rorke’s Drift. If not why was he buried in the Rorkes Drift cemetery as I thought this was only for those that fell at Rorkes Drift.

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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 3:28 pm

Hi Dave
I think the grave you are talking about is the grave of James Rorke, the irish man who built Rorkes Drift.

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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 8:24 pm

The only other grave within the walled off enclosure is that of a soldier who was drowned when he fell from the pontoon. This took place (I think) in 1883, during the Civil War that followed the Anglo-Zulu War. A garrison was deployed at Rorke's Drift until after pacification in 1888.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 8:49 pm

Hi Ken. I am right in thinking his name is Pte. Thorn or Thorne.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 9:03 pm

Correct; Private Thorne, 6th Dragoons. He died on the 25th October 1884.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyMon Apr 05, 2010 9:07 pm

Thanks Ken.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyWed Dec 29, 2010 10:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes Drift Cemetery.   Rorkes Drift Cemetery. EmptyWed Dec 29, 2010 10:03 pm

Excellent!!! Thats the one we have been after. Nice One DundeeBoer Idea
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